January 23, 2017
I traveled to Caldwell, Idaho and videotaped a hearing in Judge Ryan’s court: The State of Idaho v. Kelly Bryan Schneider. Schneider changed his plea to guilty, admitting he murdered Steve Nelson. Judge Ryan announced Schneider’s custody would be handed over to federal marshals because the federal court “will pursue additional charges that have not yet been made available to this court.” It was difficult to maintain composure upon seeing Steve’s mother and father in court. I learned Schneider only had an 8th grade education but completed a GED in 2011. Perhaps Idaho’s education system is another problem in this state. At 2:00 the Idaho Federal Prosecutor announced charges against Schneider under federal hate crimes law. Unfortunately cameras are not allowed in federal court.